Anthony Barry’s bid to join Thomas Tuchel at Bayern Munich could be held up until AFTER a potential Champions League semi-final, suggests Chelsea boss Graham Potter… as he concedes club need to ‘respect’ his ‘aspirations’
- Tuchel is keen to bring Barry with him to Bayern Munich as soon as possible
- Potter has revealed that any move for the coach could be delayed for weeks
- Chelsea could face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals
Graham Potter has suggested that Anthony Barry’s move to Bayern Munich could be delayed until a potential Champions League clash between Chelsea and the Bundesliga giants.
Thomas Tuchel was named as Julian Nagelsmann’s successor at Bayern Munich and has been keen to bring Chelsea coach Barry with him to the club after a successful spell together at Stamford Bridge.
However, Potter has now hinted at uncertainty surrounding the move as he is not keen to let Barry leave before a potential Champions League semi-final clash against the German club.
He told reporters: ‘Of course I have spoken to Anthony. Someone I respect a lot. Given everything for Chelsea. I understand that people have aspirations and it’s about respecting that..
When asked if he is concerned about letting his coach go ahead of a potential showdown with Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Potter admitted: ‘It’s club to club, not for me. It’s obviously something [delaying a move until after a potential clash against Bayern Munich] that’s in the conversation for obvious reasons.’
Anthony Barry joined Chelsea from Wigan Athletic under former boss Frank Lampard
Barry (left) forged a strong relationshup with Thomas Tuchel (right) during their time together
The Chelsea head coach continued to reveal that Barry is not currently working with the squad as the two clubs remain in negotiations before hinting that the Blues may not look to bring in a replacement for the coach if he is to leave.
‘Anthony is in discussions, the clubs are in discussions. He’s not with us at the moment while things are getting resolved,’ Potter contined. ‘I don’t know [how long it will take]. It’s not something I’m involved in.
‘I have a huge respect for Anthony, a fantastic coach and person. These things happen in life and football. We have good staff here that can fill the gap. There’s not a direct replacement for anybody but the collective can fill in.’
This comes after Tuchel revealed that he is ‘optimistic’ over a deal for Barry being completed as he wishes to bring him to Germany.
The former Chelsea boss told reporters: ‘It’s a matter between the clubs. It’s still my absolute wish for him to come. The clubs have to reach an agreement. But I’m optimistic.’
The Blues could face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals but first must get past Real Madrid if they are to pen a reunion with former boss Tuchel.
Bayern face Manchester City in their quarter-final and would have to beat Pep Guardiola’s side to see Barry potentially come face to face with Chelsea.